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UW-Stevens Point is where your journey of becoming a teacher begins

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point early childhood education, elementary education, physical education and special education majors are encouraged to meet with School of Education (SOE) Academic and Career Adviser Maggie Beeber to develop a personal graduation plan. Academic and career advisers help students develop plans to meet their educational, career and life goals.

Meet the Advising Staff

Maggie Beeber

Maggie Beeber

  • Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising – School of Education
  • Teacher Certification Officer – School of Education
Advising, School of Education
715-346-2040
Kim Rolands

Kim Rolands

  • Program Support – School of Education
Advising, School of Education
715-346-3513

Meet with Maggie

Maggie assists students with:

There are two ways for you to be able to meet with Maggie Beeber:  

Adviser Assignments

UW-Stevens Point students are required to see their assigned academic adviser every semester in order to gain permission to register for classes. Students can find their assigned adviser in acceSPoint under “Student Profile.”

Early Childhood, Elementary, Physical Education, and Special Education Majors

Students who are new freshmen and majoring in early childhood education, elementary education, physical education, and special education programs are assigned to an academic adviser through the University College Academic and Career Advising Center for their first three semesters on campus. Students entering their fourth semester on campus will either be assigned to a professional or a faculty adviser in the School of Education if/once they are formally admitted to the Professional Education Program.

Secondary and K-12 Education majors

Students seeking a secondary or K-12 teaching license pursue a major in the subject area they wish to teach. They are assigned to an academic adviser through the University College Academic and Career Advising Center for their first three semesters on campus. Students entering their fourth semester on campus will either be assigned to a professional or a faculty adviser in the department of their major.

Additional Information

Prior to admission to the Professional Education Program, questions concerning teacher certification should be directed to an adviser in the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center.

Students should officially declare their intent to teach by scheduling a Teaching Intent Meeting as soon as they decide on teaching. During this meeting, students will receive information about state requirements, application requirements, and other important information regarding the Professional Education Program and teacher certification. Please call 715-346-2040 or visit the SOE Academic and Career Advising Center in 469 College of Professional Studies to schedule the Teaching Intent Meeting.

Students will be invited via email to the Teaching Intent meetings at the start of the semester and bi-weekly for those who switch their major once they are attending UWSP.

Sample Grad Plans and Advising Checklist​s

For each of our programs, there is a sample graduation plan and checklist to help you keep track of your progress and to help you plan for the future. It is recommended that you check over these with your adviser and utilize your degree progress report while creating a graduation plan.

Transfer Information

Our advising team is available to help prospective transfer students select appropriate courses that will transfer to UWSP and fulfill program requirements. You may also use Transferology for timely and accurate information on course equivalencies between UW System campuses, Wisconsin Technical Colleges and UW-Stevens Point.

Transfer and Re-Entry Students

We encourage prospective transfer students to contact our office as soon as possible and stay in regular contact every semester prior to transferring.

Prospective transfer students should obtain a credit evaluation from the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center in order to determine remaining coursework, Professional Education Program application requirements​, and required assessments. Students can apply to the program the semester prior to transferring, if they meet all requirements. To request a credit evaluation, please email the following information to soe@uwsp.edu.

  • unofficial copies of transcripts from every university, college or technical school where you earned any credits.*
  • a list of current courses
  • in the body of your email, please include your name, address, email address, phone number, and teaching major(s)/minor(s)​ you wish to pursue.

*If UW-Stevens Point was the last/only institution you attended, you can provide us with your UWSP student ID number instead of providing transcripts.

Individuals who are unable to email the information can send materials to SOE Academic and Career Advising Center, 469 College of Professional Studies, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Credit evaluation requests will be processed within two weeks of receipt. A School of Education adviser will provide prospective students with a summary of credits remaining, a curriculum planning sheet indicating courses already completed and Professional Education Program application materials. After reviewing the materials, prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to meet with a School of Education adviser to review the credit evaluation and plan for the future. Appointments can be made by calling the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center, 715-346-2040.

The School of Education advising staff recommends applying to UW-Stevens Point​ 7-9 months prior to transferring.

  • ​Apply by December for a fall start
  • Apply by August/September for a spring start

Students who have been admitted to UW-Stevens Point through the Admissions process and have completed all requirements asked of them will be invited by the Office of Admissions to sign up for an advising appointment with an appropriate adviser. Advising sessions begin in March for fall admission and October/November for spring admission. Students are strongly encouraged to apply, and follow directions received from UWSP Admissions and be advised and registered as quickly as possible. Students will be required to attend their mandatory “Teaching Intent Meeting” at their earliest convenience and will receive invitations to sign up for these meetings immediately. Teaching Intent Meetings are designed to inform our students of additional requirements to earn their teaching license, explain how the Professional Education Program Application works and answer questions pertaining to student teaching.

Helpful Hints from the SOE Advising Staff

Helping students succeed is the ultimate goal of the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center staff. Here are a few hints from our advisers to help students succeed in an education program at UW-Stevens Point.

All students who have declared their intent to teach are welcome to meet with a professional adviser in the SOE Academic and Career Advising Center throughout the year; however, during peak advising times, students are encouraged to meet with their assigned academic advisers (if one has been assigned).

Early childhood education, elementary education, physical education, and special education majors are encouraged to meet with a professional adviser in the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center immediately. Once a student has declared their major(s)/minor(s), we strongly recommend meeting with an Education adviser to develop a graduation plan. At this meeting, the SOE adviser can asist you in developing a semester by semester plan of courses – all the way through to graduation. This makes future advising appointments more about how students are doing, instead of what classes they need to be taking. 

Students receive a link to the School of Education Undergraduate Advising Guide when they declare their intent to teach. We recommend reading the advising guide at the beginning and end of every semester to stay on track in the program. Students should refer to the advising guide to find answers to a variety of different questions about the Professional Education Program.

The SOE Newsletter is sent weekly via email to all students who have declared their intent to teach. The newsletter contains the most current information about happenings in the Professional Education Program and students are responsible for the information enclosed. This newsletter is sent via our Education.Office@uwsp.edu email account.

It is important to note that your UWSP email account has FOCUS and OTHER options and some important emails from many offices from campus may land in either box. You can combine your FOCUS and OTHER boxes through your “settings” in the online version of Outlook. There is a switch to turn off the FOCUS inbox and this will bring both inboxes into just one.
Several important notices from the SOE Academic and Career Advising Center are sent to UWSP email accounts, including:
  • Student Teaching Meetings (Sept./Dec. and Jan./May)
  • Invitations to special events (ongoing)
  • Scholarship information (Dec./Jan.)
  • Advising information and dates (ongoing)

We recommend that students find a consistent place on campus to call their study space. This “study space” should not be in a student’s residence hall room or at home (for commuters) – there are too many distractions in these locations. Students who utilize the same space away from their “home” actually become more efficient with their study time.

Students can’t read any faster than they can read. Once a student falls behind on their reading assignments, it is difficult to ever catch back up.

Use the Tutoring-Learning Center. Student fees pay for this resource and there is help available:

  • Math and Science
  • Reading in the Disciplines
  • Study Skills
  • Technology
  • World Languages
  • Writing Lab

Instructors at UW-Stevens Point are here to help students succeed. We recommend talking to instructors – early and often – not just when a student needs help.

It is extremely difficult for a student to do well if he/she is not going to class. Period.

​Praxis Subject Assessment FAQs

The Praxis Subject Assessment is a standardized test offered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and designed to evaluate a student’s knowledge in his/her content area.

Students who do not obtain a 3.00 GPA or higher in their teaching majors and teaching minors are required to take the Praxis Subject Assessment in order to complete their teacher certification requirements.

The answer to this question varies by student. Only students who do not obtain a 3.00 GPA or higher in their teaching majors and teaching minors are required to take the Praxis Subject Assessment. Students should consult a professional adviser in the School of Education Academic and Career Advising Center with questions.

Students who must take the Praxis Subject Assessment can register for the test online at the ETS website (www.ets.org/praxis). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on seat availability at the test sites.  

Praxis Subject Assessment Study Guides and Flashcards

Study guides and flash cards have been purchased for each of the subject areas and are available at the Reserve Desk of Albertson Hall (the UWSP library). Study Guides can be checked out for a three-day period.